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The Driftwood Inn
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

Sechelt businesses and the Sunshine Coast and surrounding villages have to make their money in the few summer months they have. Sechelt is pricey but not the rip-off that, for instance, one experiences in Jasper, Alberta. The Driftwood Inn is not worth the money, but compared to other establishments in the area is reasonable. The staff are great; the two full size beds were 'extra long' which was appreciated by this tall person. There was construction going on next door but thankfully our two nights were on a Fri., and Sat. The motel is clean, It is old and one prepares themselves for the worst looking at chipped door outside door frames and ugly used carpets on the upstairs balcony. For the elderly, no elevator. There is no air conditioning with all rooms getting the full sun from 2:00 p.m. till setting. If need be we would return but we do not see another trip to Sechelt any time soon.

Room Tip: Construction going on behind hotel could be a problem.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank trayordinar
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

The ads portray this place as comfortable laid back west coasty experience. It isn't. It is quite run down and not worth the money quite frankly. The major problem at this time is the massive construction going on right outside your window - which by the way doesn't face the water. That is reserved for only a few suites on the front end of the complex. Construction began at 0700 on a Saturday morning. Not horrendous but enough to awaken one from the light sleep rendered from the non air conditioned room.

Room was run down, clean enough, but depressing. There's clearly an emergency shortage of tradesman capable of laying bathroom tile grout down in this region. The repairs to the grout in the bathroom were either done by someone who was a) drunk, b) visually impaired or c) thought that preschoolers should have a crack at bathroom repair for their art project. Again clean enough but essentially 3rd world depressing in appearance. And of course the water in the shower went through the full range of temperatures as others in the building turned their faucets on.

Underwhelming is the best we can give this place.

One redeeming feature is a beautiful municipal walkway right at the front of the building and extending a kilometre in either direction. That was nice. Drive to it and forget the Driftwood Inn.

Room Tip: Find another motel.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank grandcharles
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BobCrosbie, Owner at The Driftwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

We regret that construction next door for The Watermark will be ongoing until May 2013. If you are vacationing in the area and are seeking quiet we suggest booking into the waterfront rooms. We do have the best accommodation of the downtown area and have been doing room upgrades but we want to have everyone enjoy a good experience at the Driftwood, which unfortunately means dealing with the ongoing work next door.

I invite you to contact us again for a stay after the construction of The Watermark completes next spring and we will ensure you have a great stay.

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Reviewed 16 July 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Driftwood, excellent place to stay beautiful rooms, love the new drapes and duvets, very clean and comfortable, and staff very attentive, and could not do enough to please you and make our stay so comfortable food excellent, we can not understand the complaints on the review, I know you can not please everyone all the time, but this Inn is worth a visit and Good luck to them, they work hard and put lots of effort into making quests feel welcome.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Emallett1949
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

This is our fourth stay at the Driftwood Inn in as many years. In all honesty, we have always considered the Driftwood Inn to be 'the best of a bad lot' in Sechelt - only adequate accommodation and over-priced, but redeemed by its good location and nice restaurant. However, our accommodation this stay was the worst it has ever been. We deserve better for $129/night. (I have also written the owners with similar comments.)

Specific complaints: The room was hot. Despite the cooling of the outside air in the evening, this did not measurably lower the temperature in the room until the early hours of the morning. The fan in the room provided inadequate relief. We attempted to open the drapes to let in more air, and the sheer curtains fell down. The curtain rod was bowed in the centre and barely rested in its brackets. The maid responded to our attempts to increase the air flow by tying back the curtains. This technique had its own drawbacks, too, as the construction site next door was lit up like mid-day all night long. And further comments on the construction: all the non-ocean-view rooms face the site; it will be another 6 months at least before the work is complete; and the work started before 7:00 am. If we had been of a mind to sleep in, we would not have had the opportunity given the construction noise. Sleeping in was not an option for another reason - the bed had a sag in it such that I awakened every morning with a stiff neck and a headache.

Room Tip: Though I've never done it myself, I would suggest paying extra for an ocean-view room. You will avoid the construction site issues and may get better air circulation. Can't comment on the quality of the beds, though.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gr0wley
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Despite being relatively expensive, the rooms are tiny and flea-ridden. Everything is old, tired and worn thin or worn out. Housekeeping standards are questionable - even if the staff are very friendly.

Seriously, this place should have been pulled down long ago - Sechelt definitely deserves a better hotel than this one. So the view is great and the location is good but these don't begin to make up for all the other shortfalls.

Sadly, this place will keep idling along for as long as people with no expectations keep staying there!

Room Tip: Choose a room in another hotel!!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank bkay1959
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